NFP-NPT Newsletter August 2005

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					   NFP-NPT N e w s l e t t e r
The Netherlands Fellowship
Programmes (NFP)                                               providing an opportunity to reflect on the administration of the current NFP
                                                               programmes and to inform the fellowship officers about new
The Netherlands Programme for                                  developments in Dutch higher education and alumni policies. It also gave
the Institutional Strengthening of                             us a chance to look ahead to mid 2006, when the current programmes will
                                                               enter a new phase.
Post-secondary Education and
                                                               The international conference ‘A Changing Landscape’ also included a
Training Capacity (NPT)                                        forward-looking aspect. This was done from the perspective of a number of
                                                               distinct interest groups. Based on an analysis of the trends and challenges
August 2005                                                    which higher education and research in developing countries are facing,
                                                               the delegates assessed the effectiveness of the various external aid
                                                               programmes: sectoral programmes, institutional cooperation
 Contents                                                      programmes, scholarship programmes, research programmes and
                                                               technical assistance. Based on experiences and insights, the delegates
 NFP Master’s degree programmes 2005:                          identified a number of key areas and formulated recommendations for
 Allocation of fellowships                                2    improvements.
 Introducing NFP offecers:Tjallie Scheltinga and Judith
 Hoogmoed                                                 3
                                                               Nuffic organized both conferences for good reason. Good governance
 Announcement                                             4
 NFP people meet in The Hague                             4
                                                               requires moments to reflect on how the programmes are administrated
 Status of NFP Calls for tenders                          5    and to listen to feedback from the various interested parties. Any changes
 Column                                                   6    made to programmes when entering a new phase should be based on
 Nuffic conference ‘A Changing Landscape’                 7    acquired insight into the current programmes and on the experiences of
 NPT helps introduce competency based training                 sister organizations in other countries with similar programmes. In this
 (CBT) in polytechnic education in Ghana                   8   regard, both meetings proved successful and a wealth of international
 Status of NPT Calls for tenders                           9   experiences and insights were gathered, both from the North and the
 Questions and answers about tendering                    11   South, and from donors and programme administrators. It is now our job
 Monitoring the NPT programme in Guatemala                11
                                                               to use this rich source of information effectively in the coming period.
 Theo Oltheten: from Bamako to Jakarta                    12
 The NFP and NPT programmes in brief                      13
 Countries eligible for NFP                               14
                                                               As well as these two reports, this edition includes a number of articles and
 The 15 NPT countries                                     14   the regular features. You will find news about the payment of MVV fees by
                                                               NFP fellowship holders and an announcement of a meeting of the
                                                               Netherlands Alumni Association, due to start on 25 August in The Hague.
Meeting to learn                                               There are also articles on the composition of the NFP course list 2006 and
                                                               on the allocation of master’s degree scholarships in 2005.
This edition includes the abridged reports of                  In the NPT programme, attention is given to the role of problem-based
two important meetings that were organized in                  learning (PBL) in NPT projects in Ghana, monitoring the NPT Programme
May 2005 by Nuffic’s Department for Human                      in Guatemala and a meeting of bidders and potential bidders in the
Resource and Institutional Development. The                    Netherlands, where experiences of the tender process were shared.
first was a workshop for NFP fellowship
officers, who deal with NFP applications at                    Tjallie Scheltinga and Judith Hoogmoed take to the limelight in the
Dutch embassies, while the second was an                       ‘Introducing Officers’ feature. Both ladies work for the NFP programmes. In
international conference which aimed to allow                  July, Theo Oltheten, newly appointed education specialist at the Dutch
experts to share ideas on effective support to                 embassy in Jakarta, paid a visit to Nuffic to find out more about the Nuffic-
higher education and research in developing                    administrated programmes that he will be dealing with in Indonesia. A
countries. Both meetings took place in The                     short report of his visit is included.
                                                               Ad Boeren
The workshop was particularly aimed at                         Editor

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NFP Master’s degree                                            As the diagram below shows, only 11% (408) of all qualified
                                                               NFP applicants were awarded a fellowship. This means that
programmes 2005: Allocation                                    compared to last year’s figures, the chances of being awarded
                                                               an NFP master’s fellowship were even lower. Only one
of fellowships                                                 fellowship could be awarded for an average of nine qualified
                                                               applications. 89% of all applicants were or are yet to be
In 2005, there were two fellowship allocation rounds           rejected, of which 3% were directly rejected by Nuffic, as they
for NFP Master’s. This is the first time that there had        did not meet all of the NFP criteria. In total, 3,337 (86%)
been two allocation rounds, the reason being that              qualified applicants unfortunately had to be turned down,
from 2005 on, fellowships are also being made                  mainly for budgetary reasons.
available for programmes that start in the first quarter
of the year. The application deadline for these master’s                     Master's programmes 2005
degree courses starting early in the year was 1
October 2004 (at most embassies) and 1 March 2005
                                                                              Allocation of fellowships
for Master’s programmes starting in September or
October 2005.

                                                                                        11%               awarded
Master’s fellowship allocation for courses
starting in the first quarter of 2005
                                                                                                          not elligible
The NFP Course List included 45 Master’s courses that                      86%
started during the period January-March 2005. In most                                                     rejected
NFP countries, the closing date for the receipt of
applications by the Dutch embassies for these early-
starting programmes was 1 October 2004. Nuffic
received some 25 applications, a rather small number
which was probably due to the fact that either the             The following diagram shows the allocation of fellowships per
candidates had not been aware of this early deadline           different type of institute of higher education in the
or had not been interested in an early start. Once             Netherlands. The Dutch Institutes for International Educations
these applications were registered and checked, Nuffic         attract a large number of applicants every year, not only from
was able to allocate six fellowships to four of the            developing countries, but also from all over the world. With
early-starting programmes. The allocation was based            regard to the NFP and the allocation process, which aims to
on the number of eligible applicants for each                  match demand through the allocation of fellowships, the large
programme.                                                     number of applications which Nuffic received for the courses
                                                               offered by these institutes has resulted in a large number of
Master’s fellowship allocation May 2005                        fellowships being allocated to them by Nuffic.

In April 2005, Nuffic had received 3,745 master’s                         Allocation of fellow ships per
applications through the Dutch embassies which                              different type of institute
needed to be registered and checked. In total, 3,630
applicants met all the NFP criteria and were found to
be eligible for an NFP master’s fellowship.                                                            U niversity of
Around €11.8 million has been made available for the                   31%
                                                                                                       Institute of
allocation of fellowships to courses starting in                                                       International
September or October 2005. Based on this budget,                                                       Education
and some other parameters such as the costs per                                         56%            U niversity
fellowship per listed master’s programme, the number
of qualified applications per listed master’s
programme, and the number of qualified applications
in total, the number of fellowships available and the
distribution of fellowships among the master’s                 However, compared to 2004 the picture has changed
programme were calculated. For this second deadline,           considerably. Particularly striking is the increase of the share
Nuffic allocated 408 fellowships to 119 master’s               of universities of professional education. Their share
programmes. These were the programmes that did                 increased from 3% in 2004 to 13% in 2005. The share of the
generate enough applications to have been allocated            public universities increased from 27% to 31%, and the share
an NFP fellowship.                                             of the Institutes for International Education decreased from
                                                               70% to 56%.

The Dutch providers select the candidates who will              Judith: “Before I started working at Nuffic, I worked for two
receive a fellowship and inform them about their                years at the secretariat of SIW International Voluntary Projects.
decisions through the Dutch embassies. They should              At SIW, I organized work camps in the Netherlands, where
provide Nuffic with provisional lists of selected               foreign volunteers would come to work, for example, at a
candidates by 1 July, and Nuffic will inform the                refugee centre or a nature reserve, and at the same time meet
embassies accordingly. Some institutions may have               people from a lot of different countries. I enjoyed the
already started their logistic and organizational               international environment that the job offered, and this is one
preparations for the arrival and stay of the selected                                                                        ”
                                                                of the major aspects that I like about working for Nuffic too.
fellowship recipients in the Netherlands.
                                                                What kind of work do they do for the NFP programme?
For more information about NFP Master’s degree
programmes, please contact the NFP secretariat by               Judith: “I work mostly on the NFP Short Courses. We run four
e-mail:                                          deadlines a year for the short courses, which means that there
                                                                is always a lot to do! While collecting reports from finished
                                                                courses and processing subsidy requests from institutions for
                                                                forthcoming courses, application forms for the next deadline
Introducing NFP officers:                                       already start pouring in.

Tjallie Scheltinga and Judith                                   Besides that, I am involved in the new NFP alumni activities.
                                                                We are setting up a new website, the main aim of which is to
Hoogmoed                                                        inform alumni about interesting activities and the
                                                                opportunities to become active in a Netherlands Alumni
                                                                Association (NAA) in their home country. At the end of August
                                                                2005, an alumni kick-off meeting will be held in Delft.
                                                                Representatives from several NAAs have been invited to share
                                                                their experiences with each other and to discuss problems that
                                                                they might face while establishing and running an Alumni
                                                                Association. By publishing the report of the meeting on our
                                                                website afterwards, we are hoping that other alumni will
                                                                benefit from the results as well!”

                                                                Tjallie: “At the moment, I am mostly working with my
                                                                colleague Neda Wimmers on the master’s programmes. Since
                                                                April, we have been very busy processing almost 4,000
                                                                applications and allocating more than 400 fellowships. At the
                                                                moment we are receiving selections made by the institutions
                                                                and we have to assign grants. This requires a lot of
                                                                communication with our fellowship officers at the embassies
                                                                and our NFP contacts at the Dutch institutions. At the same
                                                                time, we also receive reports from courses that are finished, or
                                                                requests for extension of grants if when students face
Tjallie (left) and Judith (right) both started working as       exceptional problems with finishing their programme on time.
programme officers at the Training and Fellowships              So there are many things to do, and no two days are the
Desk of Nuffic in February 2005.                                same.

Tjallie: “During my studies at the University of Twente,        While I spend most of my time with the master’s programme, I
I worked a lot with international students and student          recently joined the Tailor-Made Training Team and I started
exchanges in my free time. It was during this time that         analyzing new training outlines. The Tailor-Made Training
my interest in personal development through                     programmes are quite different from the master’s programme,
international exchange was developed. After working             which makes it very interesting.
at the university in the internationalization department
and a job as junior consultant at a consultancy                  Both Judith and I enjoy our contacts with our NFP fellowship
company working on international development                    officers in the NFP countries very much. We enjoyed meeting
projects, I applied for a job as programme officer at           some of you at the Workshop for Fellowship Officers last May.
Nuffic’s fellowships desk. This job allows me to                It was really great to see and talk to you in person. Hopefully
combine all my interests and previous experiences               we’ll have other opportunities to meet you again in the future” .
with international students, development projects and
higher education. ”

Announcement                                                                   NFP people meet in The Hague
The Hague, 30 June 2005 - Nuffic and FION are                                  From 17 to 20 May the four-day Workshop Fellowship Officer’s
pleased to announce a special event for Netherlands                            conference took place. A total of 36 fellowship officers from
Alumni Associations (NAA’s): Knowledge                                         embassies in 34 countries came to The Hague to attend. The
Management and Networks, seminar on                                            first two days of the workshop were held at the Ministry of
strengthening the role of Netherlands Alumni                                   Foreign Affairs, the NFP programme donor. The last two days
Associations on 28 August - 2 September 2005 in                                were held at the Museum for Communication, located just
Delft, The Netherlands.                                                        round the corner from Nuffic’s own offices.

The idea came from the Chairman of the Netherlands                             The overall aim of the conference was to improve the way the
Alumni Association of Nepal, Mr Naresh Pradhan and                             Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are administrated.
was further developed by the Federation of                                     However, we also wanted to share information with the
International Education in the Netherlands (FION),                             fellowship officers about current developments in higher
UNESCO-IHE and Nuffic. This one week seminar will                              education in the Netherlands, and about our recent alumni
be organized for representatives of selected                                   policy. In the end, the conference also resulted in
Netherlands Alumni Associations to update them on                              recommendations for the new phase of the NFP due to start
recent developments in the field of Knowledge                                  in 2006.
Management and Networking. During interactive
sessions, best practices will be shared, demands from                          Thanks to the inspirational leadership of workshop facilitator
alumni will be mapped, and a priority action plan will                         Frank Little, the delegates managed to make their way
be developed for enhancing connectivity and lifelong                           through a full programme. The programme was devised and
learning activities for Netherlands’ alumni. Budget                            the workshops provided by the Ministry’s Department of
has been approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs                           Cultural Cooperation, Education and Research (DCO), Nuffic
to allow for 10 Chairpersons of NAA’s to come to Delft                         and the fellowship officers themselves. A number of themes
for one week for this seminar. Three NAAs are invited                          were dealt with in small groups, requiring the active
to join the participants in Delft via a videoconference                        participation of all the delegates. The issues covered included
in their country. In due time a report of this seminar                         workload, visa issues, the course list, as well as assessing and
will be made available on our website                                          advising on NFP applications and training outlines.
                                                                               It wasn’t all work and no play, though. On Tuesday morning,
                                                                               everyone joined in with an energetic samba dance. And on
                                                                               Thursday evening everyone got a chance to wind down after
                                                                               all the hard work during a trip to the beautiful bulb fields of

       Participants of the WFO conference take a break for a group photo

The final day of the conference was reserved for                      applicants, the information to be provided by the employer of
meetings with Dutch higher education institutions and                 the applicant and about the applicants’ own educational and
other important contributors to the NFP programme.                    professional background. For the NFP tailor made training, an
A plenary question and answer session was followed                    important factor for successful implementation is a further
by a sort of ‘speed dating’, giving small groups of                   integration of NFP in the bilateral programmes or the
embassy staff the chance to put all their burning                     programmes realized by the Royal Netherlands Embassies.
questions to representatives of the institutions in a                 Fellowship Officers need support for introducing Multi Year
series of 15-minute ‘dates’. This approach, we                        Agreements at their embassies. Also Nuffic should be enabled
discovered afterwards, led to fruitful working                        to provide more assistance in the whole process, by making
relationships between all those who took part.                        available guidelines and standardized formats.
                                                                      A number of ideas also emerged that would help improve and
Here are some of the most important initial findings of               encourage communication between the various parties. These
the conference. There is a need for further                           included the creation of an internet discussion forum and
streamlining the procedure and the application forms                  regional meetings.
of the NFP Master’s, Short Courses and PhD
programmes. And for fine tuning the current                           All in all, it was a successful meeting and we received many
regulations about salary payment during the study                     positive responses from all corners of the globe.
period, the required English proficiency test for

Status of NFP calls for tenders, July 2005
Country             Title of the Tailor-made Training                  Present                        Dutch winner
                                                                       situation                      organization

Albania              Strengthening institutional capacities of SII     Winner selected                Maastricht School of
                                                                                                      Management (MSM)

Brazil               Management in Agro-biodiversity                   Winner selected                International Agricultural Centre

Tanzania             Multi media application                           Winner selected                Radio Nederland Training
                                                                                                      Centre (RNTC)
China                Benchmarking of solid waste management            Proposals being assessed by

Indonesia            Improving Civil Society and Public Awareness      Proposals being assessed by

Bhutan               Auditing in an IT environment                     Proposals being assessed by
Kenya                Building national capacity for integrated         Proposals being assessed by
                     agricultural research for development in Kenya    TEC

Colombia             Quality control of the food chain / Promoción de Proposals being assessed by
                     la aplicación y uso de los estándares de calidad y TEC
                     seguridad alimentaria a través de las cadenas
Palestinian National Training of Trainers and Consultants              Proposals being assessed by
Authority                                                              TEC

Tanzania             Planning and Management                           Call Published

As I write this, the Nuffic conference on ‘Changing Landscapes is still being prepared. A certain nervousness seems to be
getting the better of some colleagues. A conference like this is a platform for guests from all over the world, so you don’t
want to flop just when you’re about to reach your peak. Organizing a successful international meeting takes a lot of hard
work, but getting hold of sufficiently interesting papers is by no means the hardest part of the task. I can see that quite
clearly from the sidelines. Look, thinking out a position and formulating them on paper is something everyone can do. But
taking responsibility for the logistics of an international conference, that’s something that can causes sleepless nights. It
requires creativity and the ability to improvise. It requires diverse talents, such as a feeling for planning and systematic
thought, plus the flexibility to put it all together when it’s really needed.

As a visitor to the conference, you will notice little of all that hard work. You arrive, you pick up your badge and the very
latest folder of papers, abstracts and neatly printed PowerPoint presentations. You may have questions about the hotel, or
the location of an office that you want to visit. If you’re a speaker, you’ll expect a speaker’s chair, a glass of water and decent
acoustics. You might want to make some small changes to the programme so that your message comes across just that little
bit better. And all that gets sorted out as quick as you like by the helpful smiling people. Everything seems to be running like
a Swiss watch.

And because everything is going so swimmingly, and because of the hospitality and the desire to meet all the needs of the
visitors, because of all this you don’t notice how much forethought and hard work went into making it all possible.

If a conference lasts longer than a day, you’ll notice how the applause tends to tail off. It is tiring to pick up on the subtleties
of an argument, especially if it’s given in a language that is not your mother tongue. Participants become weary. The quality
of the questions and the discussions of the presentations starts to slip. There is a slight upswing when the conclusions and
recommendations are finalized with contributions from the plenary session, but then the exhaustion is complete.

Just as thanks are due to those without whom the conference would never have been a success. That’s the session
chairman, first of all. And the workshop facilitators and the rapporteurs of the discussions. And the people who managed the
logistics and event planning. In the Netherlands, it’s traditional to give these people a bunch of flowers and perhaps a bottle
of something. In the meantime, everyone is waiting for the words that bring liberation. You just want to get out of the stuffy
conference hall. Enough is enough.

And that’s why the people who really make the conference happen rarely get the public recognition they deserve. And that’s
why there’s only a half-hearted rather than full-hearted applause as a thank-you for their efforts.

I hope I’ve put that right now.

Han van der Horst

                                                                        education and research in developing countries: a) promoting
Nuffic conference ‘A                                                    and maintaining the quality of education and research, b)
                                                                        cooperation through networks and partnerships, c) the
Changing Landscape’                                                     establishment of regional centres of excellence, d) better
                                                                        coordination between donors and their programmes, and e)
From 23 to 25 May 2005, Nuffic hosted a conference at                   the benefits of flexible cooperation programmes. Together,
the Atlantic Hotel in The Hague to look at ways of                      they discussed the opportunities and ways to make progress
making support to higher education and research in                      in these areas through changes in policy, programmes,
developing countries more effective. The conference                     funding and/or activities.
comprised a two-day experts’ meeting and a plenary
afternoon session. The experts’ meeting was attended                    The results of these discussions were presented on the
by 70 specialists from 26 different countries. They                     Wednesday afternoon at a meeting of 60 delegates,
represented a variety of organizations and groups,                      representing the Dutch government, research organizations,
including: education ministries and higher education                    sectoral organizations and educational institutions. The
ministries of developing countries, governors and                       implications of the results on the establishment and running
faculty of higher education institutions in the North,                  of programmes to support higher education and research in
donors and programme administrators, project                            developing countries were discussed in smaller groups. For
implementers, and PhD students from developing                          each of the five sub-themes, the groups formulated a number
countries. They had been invited to talk on the                         of specific recommendations for further action.
conference theme from their own perspective and
with their own knowledge and experiences. The                           The conference resulted in a good harvest of papers offering
experts’ meeting was structured as a series of linked                   a veritable treasure trove of perceptions and experiences
discussion sessions in groups of varying composition.                   from a variety of perspectives. For the delegates and for
This format encouraged everyone to make a                               Nuffic, this will provide a valuable source of inspiration and
contribution. Unfortunately, the set-up was not to                      insight for the coming period.
everyone’s taste. A traditional set-up with speakers
and panel discussions would have been preferred by                      The papers presented to the experts’ meeting can be found
some. Nevertheless, all the conference delegates                        on the website at
showed enormous effort and dedication. Participation
was very intensive.                                                     Nuffic will publish the proceedings of the conference and a
                                                                        number of review articles, providing a summary of the
Throughout the meeting, the delegates selected five                     insights provided by the papers and the discussions at the
sub-themes that were considered particularly                            conference. All papers will be put on CD-ROM and included
important in the context of the strengthening of higher                 with the publication. As from mid September, the publication
                                                                        can be ordered from: Price: EUR 15
                                                                        (including postage).
                            Interaction during the Expert Meeting

                                                                 per the request of Ghana itself, the NPT in this country to a
NPT helps introduce                                              large extent focuses on polytechnic education.

competency based training                                        The NPT is helping Ghana to implement some of the
                                                                 proposals aimed at making polytechnic education more
(CBT) in polytechnic                                             relevant to the needs of industry, equip graduates with the
                                                                 required workplace and professional skills and reduce
education in Ghana                                               graduate unemployment. More specifically, the NPT supports
                                                                 the introduction of competency-based training at the country’s
The experiences of the countries referred to as the              ten polytechnics and the revision of curricula in five
Asian and Far Eastern economic giants underscore the             disciplines: Agricultural Engineering; Civil Engineering;
indispensable role that a well-trained and disciplined           Building Construction; Fashion Design; Automobile
technical workforce could play in the development of a           Engineering.
                                                                 The competency-based training approach is an education and
In Ghana, polytechnic education was given the                    training method to help students acquire competency
mission to provide this type of technical training,              required by the industrial sector. In this system, the unit of
producing a skilled workforce that is in tune with the           progression is mastery of specific knowledge and skills and is
world of work, and responsive to the changing                    student-centred. Two key terms used in competency-based
technological needs of industry and the private sector.          training are skill (a task or group of tasks performed to a
                                                                 specific level of competency or proficiency) and competency
But for years the polytechnics have been consistently            (a skill performed to a specific standard under specific
funded at such a low level that it is virtually impossible       conditions). Competency Based Training (CBT) appears
for them to provide tertiary level education at an               especially to be very useful in polytechnic education in Ghana,
acceptable minimum standard. Polytechnic curricula               where students are expected to attain a small number of
suffer from serious problems, such as poor quality               specific and job-related competencies.
instruction and questionable relevance. Far too often,
practical hand skills are taught not by doing, but by            The five NPT projects at polytechnics will streamline CBT into
‘chalk and talk’ methods.                                        teaching and learning activities of the institutions. Renewed
                                                                 emphasis is resolutely being placed on the teaching and
Recognizing the imperative necessity to increase the             acquisition of technical knowledge and skills that are
stakes of polytechnic education in the national                  necessary for transforming the nation’s tremendous natural
economic renaissance, Ghana commissioned a needs                 resources and primary commodities into wealth. As training
assessment for polytechnic education in 1999, and                modules to be applied will include those directly reflecting the
subsequently invited the Japan International                     needs in the industrial sector, there must be more training
Cooperation Agency to work with it in developing                 opportunities provided by the industrial sector.
effective responses to the problems identified. This
resulted in a set of strategy and policy                         Most of the projects will be completed in 2008/2009.
recommendations contained in a Master Plan for
Technical Education. This plan presents a useful set of
proposals designed to substantially improve the
quality and relevance of technical education, with a
strong emphasis on the polytechnics. The plan
includes the introduction of competency-based
training; the revision of curricula, textbooks and the
qualifications framework to reflect this change; the
establishment of a single agency that will supervise all
of the existing technical education training
programmes hosted by half a dozen different
government ministries; the introduction of new study
programmes in polytechnics that respond to regional
and national potential for economic development;
affirmation of the principle of tuition fee payment for
enrolment on these new courses; and a much
stronger, demand-driven working relationship with

As a demand-driven cooperation programme, and as

Status of NPT calls for tenders, July 2005
Country    Number    Title or keywords to NPT project outline                           Present          Dutch winner
                                                                                        situation        organization

Benin      BEN/126   Appui au renforcement des programmes de formation et de            Call published
                     recherche agricoles

Benin      BEN/153   Renforcement de la capacité institutionnelle et pédagogique de la Retender (mid
                     FAST dans le domaine des Sciences et Techniques en Eau (RIP- August)
Benin      BEN/145   Appui au développement de curricula de formation supérieure en Retender
                     Eau dans une perspective GIRE pour l’agriculture

Benin      BEN/151   Appui au Développement des Filières Hydrauliques de l’EPAC         Retender

Benin      BEN/132   Renforcement de la formation professionnelle continue dans le      PO being
                     secteur de l’eau de l’ Université d’Abomey-Calavi                  processed**

Benin      BEN/159   Appui au second cycle : le développement des curricula et la    PO being
                     formation des formateurs, bénéfiques au second cycle des lycées processed**
Benin      BEN/146   Appui au renforcement des programmes de formation et de            PO being
                     recherche agricole                                                 processed**

Colombia   COL/076   Fortalecimiento de la capacidad de la Fundacion Nuevo              Call published
                     Periodismo Iberoamericano

Ethiopia   ETH/160   Support to the development of faculties of Veterinary Medicine     Retender

Ethiopia   ETH/109   Support to the development of Departments for Computer             Retender
                     Sciences and Information technology

Ethiopia   ETH/152   Support to the establishment of IPAS and agro-pastoral             PO being
                     curriculum development                                             processed**

Ethiopia   ETH/137   Support to the development of Faculties of Law                     Retender

Ghana      GHA/92    Capacity Building in problem solving methodologies and             Retender
                     training of academic staff, School of Medicine and Health
                     Sciences, University of Development Studies, Tamale
Ghana                NCTE, NAB, NABTEX                                                  PO being
Ghana      GHA/140   Strengthening agricultural engineering education and training at Call published
                     Tamale Polytechnic for rural development and poverty reduction

Ghana      GHA/044   ICT Centre                                                      PO being
Ghana      GHA/135   Capacity building of staff of the School of Medicine and Health Winner selected     Maastricht
                     Sciences in problem-based learning methodology in medical                           University
Ghana      GHA/142   Capacity buiding for supervisory bodies of tertiary education in   Call published
Ghana      GHA/155   Strengthening mathematics and science teacher training to          Call published
                     improve the quality of mathematics and science teaching in the
                     teacher training colleges

Status of NPT calls for tenders, July 2005
Country        Number     Title or keywords to NPT project outline                       Present                 Dutch winner
                                                                                         situation               organization

Guatemala       GTM/143   Formación y capacitación para la gestion integrada del recurso Call published
                          hidrico en el Occidente de Guatemala
Guatemala       GTM/144   Combate a la impunidad ambiental en Guatemala por medio         Call published
                          de la formación de profesionales con especialización en
                          fiscalía ambiental
Indonesia       IDN/147   Water Resources and Irrigation Management (WRIM)                Call published
                          capacity building network project

Indonesia       IDN/148   Building capacity of the State Institute for Islamic Studies and Call published
                          associated institutes for conflict prevention, resolution and
                          peace building activities in Indonesia
Indonesia       IDN/149   Indonesian Polytechnics Entrepreneurial Skills Development      Call published
                          Project (ESDP)
Indonesia       IDN/150   Dissemination of PMRI through strengthening of teacher          Call published
                          training institutes (DOPMRI)
Mozambique      MOZ/034   Information and Communication Technology (ICT)                  Call published
Tanzania        TZA/134   Strengthening of the National Council for Technical Education Winner selected          Cinop International
                          to facilitate development of demand driven & competence
                          based curricula at technical institutes in Tanzania
Tanzania        TZA/136   Strengthening the training and outreach capacity of the         Call published
                          Tanzania Institute of Accountancy
Tanzania        TZA/138   Enhancing the capacity of the Institute of Rural Development TEC*
                          Planning for strengthening the public service in general and
                          local government in particular, in light of the decentralisation
                          process in Tanzania
Tanzania        TZA/139   Strengthening Capacity of Mzumbe University to Enhance           TEC*
                          Decentralisation and Governance in Tanzania

Tanzania        TZA/141   Building the capacity of the Institute of Finance Management TEC*
                          (IFM) to enhance the decentralization process in Tanzania
South Africa    ZAF/111   Developing the capacity of management and staff to           Call published
                          implement the transformation processes at UNIVEN.
South Africa    ZAF/112   Improving the capacity of CIAT to contribute to extension     TEC*
                          delivery services to emerging farmers in the Western, Eastern
                          and Northern Cape Provinces in South Africa.

Uganda                    Capacity building in floraculture in the Rwenzori Region        PO being processed**
Uganda                    Upgrading capacity of technical colleges in the area of ICT     PO being processed**
Yemen           YEM/158   Strengthening the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Call published
                          Research (MoHESR)
Yemen                     Strengthening the Community Learning and Training Centres PO being processed**
                          (CLTC’s ) of Sana’a and Aden
Zambia          ZMB/156   Capacity development for management, financing and          Call published
                          administration at Copperbelt Secondary Teachers College and
                          Nkrumah College of Education

*    : Proposals being screened by TEC
**   : Project Outline being processed

                                                               by telephone. In certain circumstances, the TEC may even
Questions and answers about                                    meet in person, but so far this has not been necessary.

tendering                                                      As well as the revised FAQ, a new publication will appear on
                                                               the NPT website with details of the key recommendations
After two years of experience with tender procedures           that can guide bidders when formulating their proposals.
in the NPT, Nuffic thought it was a good time to
consult with bidders and potential bidders in the
Netherlands about the tender evaluation process. A
consultation meeting was held on 7 June in Utrecht.
There was a lot of interest. Sixty-five participants
representing 40 relevant institutions had registered,          Monitoring the NPT programme in
but on the day we were even one chair short.
Joep Houterman, head of the Cooperation
Programmes Section at Nuffic, presented the key                In March, Head of the Cooperation Programmes Section Mr
points and the known bottlenecks in the tender and             Joep Houterman and Nuffic programme officer Ms Anita
evaluation process. Good practice and bad practice             Hermsen went to Guatemala for a monitoring mission. The
were compared. It proved to be a practical approach            Nuffic visitors gained insight into the Guatemalan situation,
because it shows bidders in real terms how they can            and met in person with the staff involved in the seven
improve. During the meeting, it became clear that not          ongoing NPT projects. Three NPT projects started in 2004 and
everyone is equally clear on how the evaluation                that four other projects are currently in the inception phase.
process works and how we aim for objectivity in the            This means that the grants have been awarded and the
appraisal process.                                             implementing partners are now involved in making final
                                                               arrangements before the project activities start.
Questions were submitted in advance (and answers               Mr Houterman and Ms Hermsen wanted to hear about the
were of course provided at the meeting), but there             progress, strengths and weaknesses of these projects. They
was also an opportunity for further questions                  also identified possible new projects. In Guatemala, the NPT
following the presentation. The nature of the queries          is directed towards two sectors/themes also supported by the
revealed not only that the NPT tender rules and                Royal Netherlands Embassy: Good Governance and the
regulations sometimes require further explanation,             Environment.
but the discussion also looked at matters such as              With regard to monitoring, there are good feelings about a
retention problems and tender payments. This meant             meeting organized on Thursday, 17 March for staff of the
that a whole range of views and improvements were              various projects in both sectors. This opportunity to exchange
looked at, so that everyone got something out of it.           views and communicate directly with one another, explaining
Not only the bidders went away with new ideas, but it          and clarifying project objectives and strategies, proved to be
proved to be useful for Nuffic too, because a number           effective. The parties identified some interesting similarities,
of issues were raised that Nuffic can play a                   and project staff expressed their interest in cooperating and
constructive role in.                                          jointly developing certain issues.

So what next? It goes without saying that the results
will be examined and classified. After further analysis
and comparisons with the existing frequently asked
question on Nuffic’s website, a new and more detailed
set of questions and answers will be published. Two
examples for the revised FAQ are:

How can new organizations compete when the track
record is so important?
When an organization has limited experience with the
subject area and/or the region in question, it is              A workshop on implementing and monitoring the NPT in Guatemala, 17 March.
advisable to tender together with a consortium partner
that has complementary experience.                             Ms Hermsen took stock of experiences with the NPT
                                                               programme in Guatemala. She recorded the following
And:                                                           positive experiences:
                                                               •   project themes are important and relevant to the national
How do members of the Tender Evaluation Committee                  needs
communicate during the tender evaluation process?              •   projects are clearly related to the current situation
TEC members have intensive contacts via e-mail and

•     institutional support is given at national and               Marc Lamers informed him about the four NPT projects
      international level                                          which are now in the tendering phase:
•     flexible approach                                            •    “The Water Resources and Irrigation Management
•     high quality of technical assistance                              (WRIM) Capacity Building Network Project” with the
•     innovations in curriculum development and                         Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) in Surabaya.
      didactical approaches                                        •    “Building Capacity of the State Institute for Islamic
•     open communication                                                Studies and Associated Institutes for Conflict Prevention,
•     little formalism, the administrative demands of                   Resolution and Peace Building Activities in Indonesia”
      projects are limited.                                             with IAIN Walisongo in Semarang.
                                                                   •    “Indonesian Polytechnics Entrepreneurial Skills
                                                                        Development Project (ESDP)” with the Asosiasi Politeknik
                                                                        Indonesia (ASPI) in Bandung.
    Theo Oltheten : from Bamako                                    •    “Dissemination of PMRI through Strengthening of
                                                                        Teacher Training Institutes (DOPMRI)” with Institut
    to Jakarta                                                          Teknologi Bandung (ITB). PMRI is the Indonesian version
                                                                        of Realistic Mathematics Education, or RME.
                                                                   All four projects are expected to start by the end of this year,
    On Wednesday, 6 July Theo Oltheten paid Nuffic a               or in January 2006 at the latest.
    visit. Theo, a former employee of Nuffic, moved to
    Africa four years ago to become the Education                  Also discussed were future projects and activities, such as
    Specialist at the Dutch embassy in Bamako, Mali.               the role Nuffic would like to play in supporting the rebuilding
                                                                   activities in Aceh. Nuffic’s help will focus on educational
    Theo is once again in the process of shifting                  capacity strengthening. The tsunami took the lives of many
    continents. At the end of July, he and his family will         people living in the costal areas and destroyed many villages
    move to Indonesia, and on 1 August he will start his           and infrastructure. Among those killed were also many
    new job at the embassy in Jakarta. In due course, he           teachers and academics, and many schools, polytechnics and
    will replace the present First Secretary for Education,        universities were hit as well. Initially, the NFP will be involved
    Culture & Science, Ms Claudine Helleman, who has               with a multiyear agreement for the training of academics;
    worked for the Embassy for six years. From a country           NPT might join in a later phase, when basic reconstruction in
    of 12 million people to a country of 240 million with a        Aceh has taken place.
    completely different culture is quite a change, but
    with his international experience, Theo is undaunted.          Though brief, it was clear that this meeting laid the
                                                                   foundation for what without doubt will be a fruitful
    At Nuffic’s offices, Theo met many old friends and             cooperation in the years to come.
    colleagues, but the main purpose of his visit was to
    meet with the people responsible for the various
    cooperation programmes with Indonesia, such as NFP                             From left to right: Marc Lamers, Beer Schröder and Theo Oltheten
    and NPT. He therefore met with
    Ad Boeren, Beer Schröder and
    Marc Lamers of the
    Department of Human
    Resource and Institutional

    Beer Schröder familiarized him
    with the history of cooperation
    with Indonesia thus far and the
    status of the NFP projects. Two
    training projects have already
    been concluded successfully,
    “Civil Society and Public
    Awareness in Combating
    Corruption in Indonesia” and
    “CK Net – Water &
    Environmental Management”     .
    One project is still under
    consideration, “Urban Polder
    Water Management and Flood
    Protection System”   .

                             The NFP and NPT programmes in brief

The Netherlands Programme for                                      The Netherlands Fellowship
the Institutional Strengthening of                                 Programmes (NFP)
Post-secondary Education and                                       Objectives and target group
                                                                   The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are focused
Training Capacity (NPT)                                            on meeting the need for further training and capacity-building
                                                                   in a wide range of governmental, private and non-
                                                                   governmental organizations. These include educational
The NPT is an international cooperation programme                  institutions, planning agencies, ministries, community-based
financed by the Netherlands government. Nuffic, the                organizations, and private enterprises.
Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation             The NFP target group: mid-career professionals who are
in Higher Education, manages and administers the NPT               nationals of one of the list of countries (see back cover).
on behalf of the Netherlands government.                           Candidates for an NFP fellowship must be nominated by their
                                                                   employers. This nomination should contain a structured
Objectives                                                         motivation.
The purpose of the programme is to help developing                 The NFP aims to increase the fellowships' impact by linking
countries strengthen their institutional capacity for post-        them to the institutional development of organizations in
secondary education and training in a sustainable way.             developing countries. Fellowships are awarded to individuals
The aim is to equip the developing countries with what             but their training must occur within the development of the
they need in order to meet their own needs for training            local organization for which they work.
and manpower.
                                                                   Five NFP programmes
Characteristics of the programme                                   The NFP offers professionals from developing countries a
The NPT is a programme of South-North cooperation                  chance to enrol in international degree programmes, in
in which expertise from Dutch organizations is                     diploma courses and in tailor made training.
mobilized to strengthen institutional capacity in the              There are five NFP programmes
South. This capacity must be relevant to the sectors and           •   NFP Master's degree programmes
themes targeted for the Dutch bilateral support given to           •   NFP PhD studies
the countries in question. More general support for the            •   NFP Short courses
higher education sector is also a possibility, as is               •   NFP Tailor-made training
support for projects which cut across the chosen                   •   NFP Refresher courses
sectors and themes.
The NPT is demand-driven and flexible, and it                      NFP characteristics
addresses local priorities. 'Ownership' on the part of             •  Priority is given to study and training that takes place
stakeholders in the South is an important feature of                  (partly) in one of the NFP countries;
the programme.                                                     •  At least half of the budget is to be spent on candidates or
The involvement of local and/or regional expertise in the             organizations in sub-Saharan Africa;
implementation of the NPT is encouraged. Local staff               •  Another budget aim is to spend over half on female
will be trained preferably in the region.                             candidates.
To achieve a good quality-price ratio, the contracts by
which Dutch organizations provide the necessary                    NFP multi-year agreements
services are awarded on a competitive basis. This is               In 11 out of the 57 countries eligible for cooperation under
done through a public tender procedure in the                      NFP Nuffic can enter into a multi-year agreements (MYA) with
Netherlands.                                                       selected organizations.
                                                                   In cooperation with Nuffic and the Netherlands Embassies in
Target group                                                       these countries, the selected organizations draft a three year
Support can be given to organizations in the South that            staff training plan that may include components of each of the
play an important role in the development of post-                 above mentioned NFP programmes. Nuffic guarantees the
secondary education and training capacity. These                   availability of fellowships for the NFP training agreed upon in
include institutions for post-secondary education,                 the MYA, as long as the nominated staff members qualify for
government ministries, national commissions, and                   participation.
NGOs.                                                              In specific cases Nuffic can also enter into multi-year
                                                                   agreements with organizations in one of the other 46 NFP
Countries participating in the NPT programme                       countries.
Dutch development cooperation is focused on a limited
number of countries. The countries that participate in
the NPT have been selected by the Dutch Ministry of
Foreign Affairs from among the countries with which the
Netherlands has multi-year cooperation arrangements.

Countries eligible for NFP
                                                                        NFP-NPT Newsletter
Afghanistan               El Salvador             Namibia

Albania                   Eritrea                 Nepal
                                                                        The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) and the
                                                                        Netherlands Programme for Institutional Strengthening of Post-
Armenia                   Ethiopia 2              Nicaragua             secondary Education and Capacity (NPT) are financed by the
Autonomous                Georgia                 Nigeria               Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The programmes are
Palestinian Territories                                                 administrated by Nuffic in cooperation with Royal Netherlands
Bangladesh                Ghana                   Pakistan              Embassies and Consulates.

Benin                     Guatemala     2
                                                  Peru 2                C o n t ri b u to r s
Bhutan                    Guinea-Bissau           Philippines           Nuffic editorial team: Ad Boeren, Editor; Marjo Gallé, Han van der
Bolivia                   Honduras                                      Horst, Anna van Marrewijk
                                                  Rwanda 2
                                                                        Other Nuffic contributors to this issue: Annette van Engen, Anita
Bosnia-Hercegovina        India                   Senegal
                                                                        Hermsen, Judith Hoogmoed, Marc Lamers, Vera Musch,
Brazil                    Indonesia               South Africa 2        Ouindinda Nikiéma, Tjallie Scheltinga, Neda Wimmers, David Wubs
Burkina Faso              Iran                    Sri Lanka
                                                                        Tra n s l a t i o n s
Cambodia                  Ivory Coast             Suriname              Chris Hopley, Nuffic
Cape Verde                Jordan                  Tanzania 2
                                                                        E - m a i l a d d re s s e s
China¹                    Kenya                   Thailand
                                                                        For NPT matters:
Colombia                  Macedonia               Uganda 2              For questions about the NFP programmes:
Costa Rica                Mali                    Vietnam 2
                                                                        We b s i te s
Cuba                      Moldova                 Yemen 2     
Ecuador 2                 Mongolia                Zambia

                          Mozambique              Zimbabwe              Design
Egypt 2
                                                                        Concept3 / Rotterdam

    Citizens from Hong Kong and Macao are exempted                      L ayo u t
    Countries in which Multi-year agreements can be concluded           Elma Leidekker, Nuffic

                                                                        P ri n t i n g
The 15 NPT countries
                                                                        P h o to g ra p h s
                                                                        Ad Boeren p.7 and p.12; Elma Leidekker p.3;
    Benin                  Colombia               Eritrea               Serge Ligtenberg p.4; Anita Hermsen p.11

    Ethiopia               Ghana                  Guatemala
                                                                        Next issue
    Indonesia              Mozambique             Rwanda                October 2005

    South Africa           Tanzania               Uganda                I d e a s a n d s u g ge s t i o n s
    Vietnam                Yemen                  Zambia
                                                                        The editor welcomes readers' responses. Please send your
                                                                        comments, ideas and information to Anna van Marrewijk,

                                                                        This NFP-NPT Newsletter can also be found at the website
                                                               in portable document format (PDF).

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                                                                        PO Box 29777
                                                                        2502 LT The Hague
                                                                        The Netherlands
                                                                        Phone: +31 (0)70 42 60 167
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